Now: Here: This December 23, 2005

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Misha Donstov
New York City

digital image

"Thank you all, I have to go"

James Huckenpahler
Washington, D.C.

Mistaken Identity
spime (click for more)

I'm working on an identity project for some friends; here's one idea that, while it has its merits, would be more appropriate for a bondage club than a family restaurant. Its added irony/creepyness may be due to the fact that it is both Jolly-Roger-ish *and* Mousekateer-ish.

Anthony Gonzalez
Washington Heights, New York City

Photoshop collage

The composition is the thing seen by everyone living in the living they are doing, they are the composing of the composition that at the time they are living is the composition of the time in which they are living.

--Gertrude Stein

Tim Folzenlogen
Washington Heights, New York City

untitled comic strip
pencil drawings

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(This is a serial strip that continues from previous weeks)

Nick Holliday
Great Barrington, Massachusetts


I looked, moved and awestruck, at a gigantic Kurt Schwitters collage at MoMA yesterday and decided that I had to rush home and basically make a own, personal "Schwitters." So I was pleased and relieved to find that when I got to work this morning, thoughts of ripping up bits of vintage fabric and old tickets (to approximate Schwitters) immediately left my mind, and I did what I always do. I had also spent some time looking at Van Gogh's drawings, Elizabeth's Murray's work, and Rauschenberg's combines. Van Gogh's drawings are among the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Rauschenberg's boldness and impeccable sense of balance never cease to amaze me.
The denseness of this piece, perhaps, is my nod to Schwitters. The browns here, which I rarely use, may come from Van Gogh. (also the two men--Van Gogh was chronically unwell, and he relied so heavily upon his brother, Theo, for everything) And the bold red stripes could be a bit of Rauschenberg's influence finding its way in. Elizabeth Murray, I am still wondering about...

Harold Wallin
Washington Heights, New York City

Three Cars at Night, Driving Through an Orange Landscape, or, You Can't Judge a Book by It's Cover

My first Art Spark of this series was an orange landscape of sorts and now I'm thinking how strange, I've come fully circle with another orange landscape for the ultimate spark of this series. But to make it different I gave it a really long title. I'm also thinking, of all you talented artist, from all parts, who have participated in Now:Here:This, and I wish for you all much happiness and a very creative new year.

Miriam Leuchter
New York City

Mixed media

The most important things on my mind are the things I can't talk about.

Rosa Naparstek
Washington Heights, New York City

Shop Ping
m ixed media

I am grateful for having
everything I need,
most of what I want
and to finally understand
that there will always be
another mattress sale.

New York City

Happy Pat
watercolor, ink, tissue paper

I got these images yesterday in the form of a book entitled HAPPY PAT.  Isabel, a 5 year-old, made them. She makes stapled books all the time. At her mother's suggestion, I got her a baby doll for Christmas. After much anticipation she opened it, said she didn't like it, and cried. We exchanged it the next day for an upgrade with accessories. All done with such beaming innocence.  I feel so fortunate to know her that sometimes I cry.

Sky Pape
Inwood, New York City

American Landscape
digital photograph

The world through the windshield was my vantage point at 11am. The light and subject seemed refracted through a Hopperesque lens. An American Landscape, complete with fuel dependence. A fitting view, perhaps, because I've been thinking about the United States: America, Americana, and Americans. I have my interview for citizenship just after New Year's, and studying for it has brought up a lot of interesting facts as well as emotions. The reactions my potential fellow-citizens have when I mention it are fascinating. From the Mayflower heirs to those from Ellis Island, the
passions roil and boil in the melting pot. Why do I want to become a citizen? Why have I waited so many years? Am I of good moral character? What is the most important right granted to US citizens? What are the rights or freedoms granted by the Bill of Rights? These and many other questions will be answered soon...

Pamela Flynn
Freehold, New Jersey

Shadow #1
Mixed media

The Shadow is always present. The Shadow is not what casts - it is what is cast.  Me and my Shadow travel together.

Peter Ferko
Washington Heights, New York City


Two triangles superimposed. One, movement of energy from spirit to manifestation; the other, from manifestation back to spirit.

Two forces in society. One, those with control of the resources; the other, the labor that brings the work to fruition.

New York watched the symbols drawn again this week. The "little guy" stood up and claimed equality with those who own the world. I wondered if December 20, 2005 might go down in history as the day the Transit Workers Union began a revolution against the corporatocracy whose motto is that all men are created equal.


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